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Hamilton and Rosberg give new Mercedes a first run

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 15:30
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg gave their 2015 Mercedes race car a 'shakedown' test at Silverstone on Thursday before a snowstorm forced an end to proceedings. Mercedes said the F1 W06 hybrid car, due to be formally unveiled at the first pre-season test in Jerez on Sunday, took to the track in icy conditions for a limited mileage promotional event. "Driven first by Nico Rosberg, then Lewis Hamilton, the car completed a total of 18 laps (47.2 km) before a blizzard brought filming to a halt," the team said in a statement. Mercedes won both championships last year, with Hamilton taking 11 victories to Rosberg's five.
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No One Knows How to Stop Campus Alcohol Abuse

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 15:09

Alcohol has long been a problem at campuses around the country, and particularly at the secluded New Hampshire Ivy. On the other hand, it's hard to put much faith in Hanlon's new initiative: Dartmouth will ban hard liquor on campus, one of several steps to try to end a culture of binge-drinking.


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Striker Crouch signs new two-year deal with Stoke

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:54

Former England striker Peter Crouch has settled his immediate future by signing a two-year contract extension with Stoke City, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The news ends speculation that Crouch, who has scored 37 goals in 140 appearance for Stoke, would leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season. Crouch, who will be 34 on Friday, joined the Midlands club from Tottenham Hotspur in a club record 10 million pounds ($15.05 million) deal in 2011.


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Names of abuse victims published

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:51

The names of four child abuse victims have been inadvertently published on the website of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.


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Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is worsening

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:51

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom's clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment. Raif Badawi, 31, a blogger and founder of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, received 50 lashes on Jan 9. "Raif's health condition is bad and it's getting worse and worse," said Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives with her three children in Canada after being offered refuge. Badawi was arrested in June 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.


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Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans "promising" but no progress

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:48
Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear programme were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported. Political directors from Iran and the three European countries held talks in Istanbul in an effort to overcome the remaining gaps on a long-term nuclear deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline. "The talks were very useful, positive and promising but still we are not in a position to say we made progress," IRNA quoted senior Iranian nuclear negotiator and deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying after the talks. "We can reach an agreement if all the parties involved show strong political will to end this issue." Western governments suspect Iran of aiming to acquire nuclear weapons.
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Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:43

By Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi proposed constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella, 73, to be head of state, a move which angered opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi and may strain the two men's alliance over electoral and constitutional reforms. Though a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian president wields important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, when he or she can dissolve parliament, call elections and pick prime ministers. Berlusconi said his centre-right Forza Italia party would not back Mattarella and accused Renzi of breaking their pact on reforms by not proposing a jointly agreed candidate.


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U.S. consistently raised concerns with China on IT rules-trade office

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:42
The United States administration has consistently pressed China about the impact of regulations on U.S. information technology firms, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday.
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Airbus Group faces penalties on A400M delays - CEO

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:42

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group will have to pay penalties to European governments for the latest delays and technical problems with its A400M military transporter, its chief executive said on Thursday. Speaking in Paris, Tom Enders however ruled out going back to governments for further financial support on top of a 3.5 billion euro bailout provided in 2010 to Europe’s largest defence project by seven core purchasing nations.


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Nigeria trims 2015 growth forecast amid uncertainty over oil and naira

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:40
By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria expects economic growth this year of 5.54 percent, down from an estimated 6.23 percent for 2014, after the government trimmed expenditure because of the oil price slump, the statistics office said on Thursday. The forecast follows the 60 percent drop in the price of oil, Nigeria's main export, since June and steady declines in crude production. Finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had said in October she expected 2015 growth of around 6.75 percent. Crude oil production in Africa's top oil exporter fell steadily throughout 2014.
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Sin vs safety: judge weighs arguments on Gitmo female guards

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:33
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Religious-based restrictions on the use of female guards at Guantanamo violate the military's gender-neutral policy and weaken prison security, a government prosecutor argued Thursday in a dispute over assertions by detainees that their Muslim faith makes it a sin for them to be touched by woman soldiers.
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Ginola denies FIFA presidency bid is over

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:32

Confusion surrounded David Ginola's unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency on Thursday when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned, but the former France international denied he was pulling out. It appeared that Ginola's attempt to oust FIFA president Sepp Blatter had run its course when he issued a statement saying donations to his campaign would be refunded. "A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged," the former France international said on www.teamginola.com.


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Three U.S. contractors killed in 'insider attack' in Afghan capital

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:27
An Afghan soldier killed three U.S. contractors and wounded a fourth on Thursday at Kabul's military airport, an Afghan air force official said. "An investigation has been opened." The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening. A rise in so-called "insider attacks" in Afghanistan has eroded trust between Afghan and international troops in the final years of the combat mission that ended in 2014, prompting foreign forces to scale back interaction with their allies. The new international "Resolute Support" mission involving a small contingent of around 12,000 mostly U.S. troops started on January 1 and is to focus on training Afghanistan's national security force.
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Russia would consider aid to Greece if asked - Siluanov

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:21
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday Russia would consider extending financial aid to debt-strapped Greece if Athens were to make a request. "Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it, but will take into account all the factors of our bilateral relationships between Russia and Greece," he told CNBC. Speculation has grown in recent days that new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is at odds with the rest of Europe over sanctions on Russia, and may move closer to Moscow as it seeks to renegotiate its bailout programme with Europe. The impression was reinforced by comments from Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who said Athens was against sanctions and "had no differences with Russia".
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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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Lagardere enters race for Benetton's World Duty Free - sources

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:16

By Pamela Barbaglia and Paola Arosio LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - France's Lagardère has joined the race to acquire a majority of Italy's airport retailer World Duty Free , which belongs to the Benetton family, sources familiar with the situation said. The French media group, which operates stores in almost 160 airports via its Lagardère Services' unit, LS Travel Retail, is in talks with several private equity firms to help it fund a deal worth over $1.2 billion (798 million pounds), said a third source. The Benetton family, who owns 50.1 percent of WDF via its holding company Edizione, is willing to give up control and favour a merger that would help World Duty Free cope with the rising costs of airport concessions and also give the retailer more bargaining power in dealing with suppliers. Lagardere is working with Societe Generale on the deal, said two sources who could not be named because the matter is confidential.


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Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.


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Americans Believe in Science, Just Not Its Findings

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 14:00

“There is this really strong conventional wisdom that the U.S. is experiencing some kind of creeping anti-science sensibility in the public, and this explains why we have conflicts over things like climate change or evolution,” says Dan Kahan, a law and psychology professor at Yale Law School. “With vaccines, some people are primed to be suspicious because of what they know about the historical relationship between the medical establishment and women, or what they know about the history of corruption around pharmaceutical companies.


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UK summons Russian ambassador after military aircraft disrupt civil aviation

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 13:54
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain summoned the Russian ambassador on Thursday and asked him to explain why two Russian "Bear" long-range bombers had flown over the English Channel the previous day, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft. A British government source told Reuters the incident, which forced Britain to scramble Typhoon interceptor jets, was viewed as "a significant escalation" and marked a change in strategy since Russian aircraft had previously largely confined themselves to flying close to Scotland. Civil aircraft flying to the UK had to be rerouted," the source said. They haven't flown this far south before." The Foreign Office said it had summoned Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko to account for the incident, saying the episode was part of an increasing pattern of "out of area operations" by Russian aircraft.
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Shell bows to investor pressure on climate risk

Yahoo - DRC - 29 January, 2015 - 13:50
In a rare move, oil major Shell on Thursday backed a resolution proposed by activist investors to force the company to recognise climate change risks by improving its transparency. Shell’s executive vice president of investor relations JJ Traynor said the company would urge shareholders to vote for the resolution at the annual general meeting in May. The announcement coincided with Shell saying Thursday that it would cut $15 billion (10 billion pounds) in spending but continue to drill in Alaska’s Arctic. The resolution was filed by the Aiming for A coalition of UK investors representing close to £200 billion in assets and calls on Shell to disclose additional information in five areas related to climate change in its annual reporting from 2016. The group said in the resolution it was concerned about the “longer term success of the company, given the recognised risks and opportunities associated with climate change.” The resolution requests more information on the company’s operational emissions management, the resilience of its assets to climate change, low-carbon energy research and development and investment strategies, relevant key performance indicators and its public policy positions on climate change.
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